A beautiful goal, a satisfactory result

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 11th November 2018

Manuel Pellegrini suggested that Felipe Anderson's third goal in two games was a thing of beauty - whilst admitting that his team's performance wasn't quite good enough to deserve all three points.

Pellegrini, who was seeking to secure West Ham's first back-to-back wins since 2017 hinted earlier in the week that the meeting with the Terriers was another "must win" match for his team.

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However the Hammers ultimately came up short and were forced to settle for a point earned late on through Anderson's well-executed effort, a goal that led to some praise - if not gushing - from his manager.

"It was a beautiful goal," said Pellegrini post-match, "although I don't like to analyse individual performances too much. It was not the result we needed to get and not the result we expected maybe, but I think finishing like that it was a good point."

Despite being slightly disappointed at West Ham's inability to turn their second half superiority into three points, the 1-1 result was one that Pellegrini accepted as a fair outcome - albeit somewhat reluctantly.

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"I'm happy with the draw because we didn't play well," he added. "Most people will think that because we won the game before [against Burnley] that it would be an easier game, but I said before that it wouldn't. There are no easy games.

"All the games have a lot of intensity and Liverpool won just 1-0 here. This week we looked at the way Huddersfield play - every shot, every cross, every second ball is dangerous from them.

"We didn't play well in the first half after their goal. You have to fight for every ball when you come here as they play with a great intensity and aggression. We also kept the ball too much in our own half, this is a team that presses you, aggressively.

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"In that sense, I think that after the goal, they did better [in the first half]. In the second half we improved and made some chances, but not enough to win it. We made some changes and at least we could draw - but we had another two very important chances after [the goal] as well.

"I think if you review the 90 minutes, the draw was the result that both teams deserved."

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